What 's new at the Cribworks...
Anyway, lots going on at the Crib.
Earlier last month and into November, I mixed and mastered (with Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova Digital Audio) a new single by my old friend Eric Hanke called I Fly My Flag. A really cool/rocking song honoring veterans.
A song by Sarah Pierce called A Dream As Big As Texas. Written by Sarah as a simple birthday present, it turned out to be far more. Now, she is getting serious pressure to release it as a single early next year to 'prime the pump' for her next album scheduled for late spring release.
We just cut two new songs with our good bud Brian Strange. We cut bass, drums, scratch acoustic guitar, and scratch vocals. Next comes electric guitar, B3, maybe a little percussion, lead and background vocals...and...mix. These are the last two to make this a 12 song project. Cool songs. A ton of fun. It'll get done sooner than later. Brian is the president of a GREAT catering company - Don Strange of Texas - and so we get to work as his schedule permits. It's all good . When we're done you will be glad :)
Just finished a re-mix on a most cool recording by the Truax Brothers band out of Port Aransas, Texas. Wow!!! Recorded in Nashville...2". Dumped to digital at 24-96 by my good bud, Nick Landis, at Terra Nova Digital Mastering, and finally into my system. This is beyond cool. As unique a sounding record as I have ever heard...and believe me...I have heard a bunch. Mastering on Monday. If you get a chance, check this one out...REALLY!
Finishing an album for Paul Keinarth. A beautiful collection of gentle songs. Really wonderful playing...Paul is a truly fine pianist/singer/songwriter. Carl LoSchiavo, Riley Osbourn, Maurizio Fassino, Sarah Pierce, Al Garth, Cody Braun, Cindy Cashdollar. Damn!!!! Just reading this list of 'horses' makes me smile. :)
All of this in preparation for a project starting the very beginning of December. That being...Randy Palmer. Ya really wanna check this one out when it's done...mid-January. As some of you know, I was good friends with the legendary singer/songwriter Jim Croce. Randy, is very much akin to Jim. Both vocally and quality of writing. I am truly honored to be a part of this one. Acoustic foundation with a little 'stuff' thrown in for good measure. We have already spent days in preproduction so we know what we're gonna do...cut basically live - YES!!!!!! Randy is from Amarillo so he has that Texas Pan Handle soul. This will be a really GREAT project!! More coming soon.
The end of January, I get to do another Micheal Laferty project. I am so delighted. That his music is great goes without saying. That he has had very real success to radio with the last two we did together is history. Now...who knows what kind of trouble we'll get into on this one. Only time will tell. Music from the northern edge of the western Caribbean Sea! A country Parrot Head's delight :)
And finally...for now...around spring break, I get the pleasure of recording Andy Hawk and the Train Wreck Endings...YES!!!!!!! A couple years ago, I had the pleasure of mixing Andy's first project. I totally loved it. This is AMERICAN (east coast) rock and roll at its very finest. Really good songs. Really well played. This time I get to work with them from the very beginning. I am totally excited. The boys...and one lovely young lady...are coming to the Cribworks. We'll cut basically live which is exactly as it should be for this band.
Maybe, when Sarah's is finally done, I'll take a short nap and get ready for what promises to be a pretty wonderful summer...including a power trip to Europe to introduce the new Sarah Pierce album to her many fans over there.
I guess at the end of the day, I am one seriously lucky critter.
See y'all soon.
PS...don't forget...I am so open for business re: mixes/remixes. Go to testimonials for some comments from professional 'ears!' Pretty cool :)
For now...HAPPY THANKSGIVING!